You maybe hear a lot that you should set goals to achieve the things you want. But, is a big goal setting the right thing to do, and does it really work? Well, let’s have a closer look at it.
Big Goal Setting Vs Step By Step Goals
I was in many personal development seminars in the last 10 years. Most speakers taught how to set big goals for your life and career. For example, Bob Proctor always says that the goal you set should excite and scare you at the same time. Only then is it big enough.
Now let's look at what happens to these people who attended the seminars. With many of them, I'm still connected and see the progress they made.
Some of these people made a huge career in their chosen field, and many are more or less in the same position. Why is this, that some achieve their big goals and others do not?
Why Big Goal Setting Does Not Work All The Time
When I was at some personal development seminars, many people were absolutely motivated to go big after the course. They were excited and it looked like nothing can stop them. And years later, the big dreams are still far away.
I believe it has to do with the history of the person. When a person always achieved their goals easily, then this person will probably also achieve a huge goal. On the other side, when someone all the time struggled with achieving the things he wanted then failure is the more common outcome when this person sets big goals.
According to these two examples, you can see, if you are someone for big goal setting or not. Nevertheless, things can change during a lifetime.
Setting Step By Step Goals
When you failed in the past with your big goals, then you may think to go with the step-by-step goals. How to do this? Here I share a way to do this. For example, you want to start an online business, and in the end, you want to make a living with it.
The first step could be that you sign on for a course or education community where you learn over the next three months the basic steps about online marketing. During this time, you simply focus on learning the skills they teach and applying the homework.
The second step will be the next logical outcome from what you learned in the first one. To make sure that you stay on track is to write down a goal for each week and work on it until it's finished. When it takes longer than work longer on it, when you finished earlier, set a new weekly goal. In this way, you are not overwhelmed, and that helps to stay motivated.
Another important thing is to reward yourself for every achieved weekly goal. That could be to go out for a special dinner with your spouse, or that you buy something for yourself or whatever you like to reward yourself.
Conclusion About Goal Setting
It depends on the personality you are if big goal setting works for you. As I mentioned above, the way you achieved things in the past will probably be the way to go in the future. I think it's important that you get clear what type of person you are. Then go the way that works best for you and don't let your dreams be destroyed because someone said you could achieve your dreams only in one way.
I hope these tips help you. Let me know what your experience is with goals and leave a comment below.